Jim Bird

About Jim Bird

Jim is an experienced CTO, software development manager and project manager, who has worked on high-performance, high-reliability mission-critical systems for many years, as well as building software development tools. His current interests include scaling Lean and Agile software development methodologies, software security and software assurance.

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Fixing Bugs – if you can’t reproduce them, you can’t fix them

‘Generally, if you can’t reproduce it, it’s almost impossible to fix’. Anonymous programmer, Practices of Software Maintenance, Janice Singer ...
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Fixing Bugs – there’s no substitute for experience

We’ve all heard that the only way to get good at fixing bugs in through experience – the school of hard knocks. Experienced programmers aren’t afraid, because they’ve ...
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Why are some bugs harder to fix than others?

There are a lot of different factors that impact how long it could take to find and fix a bug. Some of them we’ve already gone over. How good the bug report is – can you understand ...
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Fixing a bug is like catching a fish

Manager: So, how long will it take to fix this bug? Inexperienced Programmer: An hour maybe? Two tops? I’ll get right on it! Experienced Programmer: ...
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It’s About Confidentiality and Integrity (not so much Availability)

Everyone knows the C-I-A triad for information security: security is about protecting the Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of systems and data. In a recent ...
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In Agile development planning, a security framework loses out

In Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn explains the different factors that go into prioritizing work on a software development project: financial value, cost, ...
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Monitoring Sucks. But Monitoring as Testing Sucks a Lot More

At Devopsdays I listened to a lot of smart people saying smart things. And to some people saying things that sounded smart, but really weren’t. It was especially confusing when you ...
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Does Devops have a Culture Problem?

At the Devopsdays conference in Mountain View, Spike Morelli led an Open Space discussion on the importance of culture. He was concerned that when people think ...
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Sooner or Later: Deliver Early or Minimize Waste

There’s an obvious but important tension in Lean/Agile development around when to make decisions. Between the fundamental Agile position that we should do the most important and most ...
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Agile Estimating: Story Points and Decay

I’m re-reading Mike Cohn’s Agile Estimating and Planning. It’s the best book I’ve found on this and worth reading, even if he gets too Scrummy at times, and even if ...
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